I want to send a big THANK YOU out to MELANIE who sent me this beautiful skein of hand painted merino yarn. Melanie painted it herself. I just found her blog, it's well worth reading! She's got lots of great ideas and has really inspired me. So much so that I've actually begun my very first pair of hand-knit SOCKS!!Thank you Melanie ~ and I'll put your calendar in the mail on Monday. ;-)
Speaking of Calendars...MICHELLE at Boulderneigh sent me a beautiful calendar of Oregon! It's just gorgeous. Thank you, so much, Michelle. And to all of you who have been SO supportive and encouraging... I LOVE YOU ALL!!! I have met the most incredible people (either in person, or via the computer, through my sheep. I am truly blessed.
While we're on the subject of YARN....
I'm making the VENUS
shrug from Berroco. I have NO idea how it's turning out. I've never made one. Nor have I seen one ~ so I don't know what it's supposed to look like! I can't imagine how it's going to turn out something I can actually WEAR! But it's fun. I did mess with the pattern a little. We'll see if I messed it up ;-)
I'm using yarn from Alice that I had spun thru Wooly Knob Fiber Mill. I should have spun it myself. The guys at Wooly Knob are extremely sweet but I can't say that I'm at all happy with the yarn. I had actually sent in two years worth of Alice's fleece to be spun into fingering weight yarn that I planned on making a Shetland Lace shawl out of. But the yarn is way too thick for fingering and it's quite inconsistent. I often have to cut it and make a join because it's so bad I won't use it. See what I mean?
It's from Alice and it's incredibly SOFT and very special to me, so I'm gonna use the yarn, one way or another. I might try a pair of socks (thick ones!) next...
I think I'll keep Alice's fleece (I may keep ALL the fleeces ~ Except Zaria's, which I've promised to Nancy J). this Spring.
It's time for me to settle in for some knitting, before bed. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
..."I wonder what Mom will make with MY fleece! Any suggestions...?"